Uninvited guests... Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by jaymucca, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. jaymuccaNew MemberMember

    Hi guys, i have recently discovered 3 uninvited guests in my fish tank. They are small snails, each about 3 mm in diameter. they have been growing day by day, and i am not sure if i want them there or not. They were introduced into the fish tank when i bought a live plant that they were hiding in. should i keep these snails or not? what would you do? thanks a lot. Please, if you know, can you tell me the advantages and disadvantages of having snails in your tank. Cheers!

  2. Beth1965

    Beth1965Well Known MemberMember

    :;snail I happen to love snails, I love to watch them and they eat dead plant leaves. Since I love em, I'd keep em. You're gonna hear the opposite from many too.
  3. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes, you'll hear the opposite from a lot of people, but in my experience you won't have a population explosion if you are diligent about maintenance and take care not to overfeed. :)
  4. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Hello Jay. I think snails can be a wonderful addition to aquariums. I have Mystery Snails myself and find them just about as entertaining as fish. (not quiet though ).
    Snail photos
  5. Gouramiguy17

    Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

    If they are pond snails I say you should smash them, then you could go get some mystery snails or ramhorn snails, I have 2 red ramhorn snails and they are my favorite type of snail so far
  6. sirdarksol

    sirdarksolFishlore LegendMember

    When I first ended up with pond snails, I tried getting rid of them. It didn't work (except the tank I put a goldfish in... the goldfish ate them all in a day).
    However, I've found that if I don't overfeed the tank and if I keep up on my water changes, I have no problems with the snails. The population remains in check and does a decent job of cleaning up garbage.
  7. Aldric

    AldricValued MemberMember

    i personaly hate the pond snails and no matter how carefull I am i still end up with them i try not to over feed but somehow they still breed like mad tho I have found a new way (tonight) to try and controle them. Ive found out that i can use my fish net to scoop them from the sand covering the bottom of my tank and just shake the net like a sieve and the sand falls out of the net holes but NOT the snail!!!!!
    *prays for a snail free tank.......

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